Cougars parlay Eagles' turnovers into win

The Baltimore Sun

In a game of runs, No. 11 Fallston finished off Centennial with a big one last night for a 46-31 victory in a Class 3A East regional girls basketball semifinal.

The Cougars, who improved to 25-0, dominated the boards and converted seven Centennial turnovers to fuel a 19-1 run that ended with Rachel Holehouse's layup giving them a 46-29 lead with 2:58 to go.

"They capitalized on every one of our turnovers," Centennial coach Rob Slopek said. "It felt like every turnover we had was at the top of the key and they had an easy layup."

Tomorrow at 7 p.m., Fallston will host Aberdeen, which defeated No. 14 Howard, 67-57.

Junior forward Jess Harlee, who scored her 1,000th career point in the regional quarterfinal, led the host Cougars last night with 16 points, 13 rebounds, nine steals and eight assists.

She sparked the final run by grabbing a rebound and feeding Amanda Mathis for a transition basket that gave the Cougars the lead for good, 28-27, with 1:47 left in the third quarter.

Over the next nine minutes, the Eagles (16-8) turned the ball over 11 times and the Cougars converted seven of them. Harlee had six points, four assists and three steals in the run, and Mathis and Lindsay Garnett had four points each.

The Eagles, who got 18 points from Molly Speicher, had their last lead with 3:33 left in the third quarter when Speicher and Victoria Pino hit back-to-back three pointers just before the Cougars took off on their run.

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